The Orlando Japan Festival is an annual event put on by the local Orlando Japanese community, and is one of my personal favorite events of the year. The event, which was once hosted at the Rangetsu building on International Drive, is now put on at the Hunter’s Creek plaza just south of SR 417 on John Young Parkway.
There are amazing traditional performances like the 100 Drummers taiko performance performed by Matsuriza of the Disney Epcot Japan Pavilion, Koto (Japanese harp player), traditional Japanese Dance, Tsugaru-Shamisen, the age-old iconic Tea Ceremony (symbolic of Japan’s oldest traditions), Japanese Calligraphy (shodo), Martial Arts demonstrations, as well as a chance to try-out real Japanese Kimonos.
My favorite aspect of the festival is the many Japanese Food Stalls staffed by the local Japanese restaurant community including Rangetsu, Sushi Tomi, Japan Food Aki, the Disney Epcot Japan Pavilion, and more. Below are a few photos from the event:
Mr. Harris Rosen of Rosen Hotels performing the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Mr. Rosen last year donated over $100,000 to the victims of the Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami disaster in 2011
Shrimp Tempura with curry katsu rice and pickled cucumbers from Japan Food Aki